Rare earth metals are the crucial ingredient in many of our tech products. From smartphones, tablets and laptops, to the niche technology used by the military and medical profession, all depend on them to function, for features as broad as a phone’s coloured screen to the magnets used to power hybrid cars. As new technology continues to flood the market, the demand for these metals will grow, but they’re already in short supply.

If we’re going to ensure that there are enough rare earth metals to keep pace with the current rate of technological innovation, and if we’re going to stop these dangerous metals from filling landfill sites, we need to end today’s rip-and-replace attitude towards IT equipment, as well as an end to the overproduction of devices by manufacturers.

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